St Maximilian Kolbe,martyr of charity feast day Aug 14

Another saint who died in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp was a priest,Father Maximilian Kolbe.
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as prisoner 16670 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941. When a prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected 10 others to be killed by starvation in reprisal for the escape.
enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982.

One of the 10 selected to die, Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry: “My wife! My children! I will never see them again!” At this Father Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die in his place – his request was granted.

As the ten condemned men were led off to the death Block of Building 13, Father Kolbe supported a fellow prisoner who could hardly walk. No one would emerge alive – Father Kolbe was the last to die enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect.

Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a doctorate in theology, he spread the Movement through a magazine entitled “The Knight of the Immaculata” and helped form a community of 800 men, the largest in the world.

Blessed John Paul II declared him a martyr of charity. He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.Pope John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”.

Due to Kolbe’s efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

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Source: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=370

Anne Frank’s enduring legacy | Fox News

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AMSTERDAM – On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family’s hiding place atop Anne’s father’s business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to the public.

Anne and her family were among an estimated 107,000 Jews deported to concentration camps from The Netherlands during the German occupation in World War II.

Anne’s diary has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and is available in 75 languages. It is not only a testament to the indomitable spirit of a young girl, but a vision of hope in the midst of perhaps the greatest inhumanity in world history.

Anne’s diary has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and is available in 75 languages.

While I have visited several museums and memorials to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, my first visit to Anne’s hiding place was quite different. Her story and that of her family and some friends who eluded the Nazis for two years before they were betrayed by an unknown person, is a living narrative that must be retold to this and future generations.

via Anne Frank’s enduring legacy | Fox News.

Her remarkable diary was something I remember from the day i read it as a teen.The Nazi’s are gone and Anne-through her diary-survives to this day.Anne Frank,The Diary of A Young Girl should be required reading in all schools.Every time we think the world is so dark for us there must be a corner somewhere that the light shines in someone.